A percussion instrument consisting of a small drumhead with jingling disks fitted into the rim, usually played by shaking and striking with the hand.(noun)
A similar instrument without a drumhead.(noun)
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Use "tambourine" in a sentence
"In the hands of a Jewish woman, the tambourine is a symbol of passage, hope, and achievement."
" She doesn't look anything like Louise, who is lean and black haired, but the tambourine is a lot like the one I held in New Orleans last spring when we went to Mardi Gras and sang dive-bar karaoke."
"He tells me that the tambourine is the sole feminine instrument of the Middle East."